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Generation Work Young Adult Interviews

 SkillUp Washington was a awarded a one-year Generation Work planning grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Generation Work is a multi-site, national initiative focused on connecting young adults, ages 18-29, to good jobs and career pathways. To initiate this practice and approach, during the 2016 planning year, thirty-two young adults were interviewed by SkillUp…

Sea-Tac Airport Company Survey

    In order to meet the diverse needs of airport employers, Port Jobs engages employers, posts jobs, facilitates hiring events, and provides job seekers and incumbent workers with assistance to pursue and advance in jobs. Ongoing surveys of employers ensure that the services provided at Airport Jobs are current and well-informed.

Powerful job program: Puget Sound Electrical Apprentice Training Center graduates honored in West Seattle

Not all graduations happen in summer. Last night in West Seattle, 112 graduates were cheered and applauded at a banquet and ceremony marking their success in a paid-training program that launches them into good-paying jobs in a field where there’s much demand. You’d think there would be a waiting list for a program like that,…

Two New Apprenticeship Programs in Seattle Area Aim To Launch Tech Careers

The Seattle Times article written by Katherine Long Two multimillion-dollar federal grants will expand coding classes and on-the-job training in the Seattle area to some students for free, but there’s no guarantee of employment at the end. This fall, two Seattle-area programs will use an old-school style of training to solve a new-economy problem: preparing…

U.S. Companies Turn to German Training Model to Fill Jobs Gap

Wall Street Journal Article written by Elizabeth Schulze, September 26, 2016 American employers struggling to find enough qualified industrial workers are turning to Germany for a solution to plug the U.S. skills gap: vocational training. Two million U.S. manufacturing jobs will remain vacant over the next decade due to a shortage of trained workers, according…